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Beware of DIY Alarm Systems and False Sales Pitches

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Burglar trying to unlock a door with stolen keyFinding the appropriate alarm system for your home may be difficult. As a homeowner, you want what is best for your property, but you also want the best value for your money.

Do not be fooled by promises of easy and low-cost solutions or scare tactics that pressure you into buying expensive security products that may not be appropriate for your home. Some cheap systems are not always the safest, and not all expensive products are effective for your security needs.

At CertFire, our alarm systems in Utah come with a team of professional inspectors, installers, and technicians to help you find the best security solutions for your home. Our services focus on quality, providing you with safety and security at fair prices.

The Rise of DIY Alarm Systems

Some security companies advertise DIY home security systems as an affordable option for homeowners on a budget. Instead of advanced home-automation technology or security systems monitored by the company, homeowners can opt for those cheaper self-monitoring systems.

DIY security systems cost less and do not come with a monthly fee. DIY security companies claim homeowners receive a better sense of control over their security system. But are all homeowners capable of handling their own safety and security?

Because their system is self-monitored, homeowners will be responsible for taking appropriate action when the alarm sounds. If the homeowner is away and no neighbors are present to call authorities on their behalf, the trespasser may escape before anything can be done to stop them.

On the other hand, a professional security system alerts authorities automatically. While it may cost more, it is an effective layer of protection that is worth the investment.

Fraud Security Companies & Salespeople

The Consumer Federation of America recently released its 2017 Consumer Complaint Survey Report and found an increase of people complaining about the way home alarm sales upsell products or convince people to purchase added security measures using fear tactics. The complaints range from misleading sales claims to scare tactics to fraud.

Based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2016 data, there were roughly over a million home burglaries in the United States. Salespeople know how to exaggerate or lie about the statistics to emphasize the need for more security. Because buying a house or refinancing a loan is public information, security companies and individual sellers target new homeowners who may not have a security system yet.

To avoid falling prey to these kinds of dealings, it is best to check the company’s background. Search for reviews from customers, awards, and other affiliations that strengthen its credibility.

Like any homeowner, you want enough security to deter trespassers and protect your property. But you should not sacrifice quality for cutting costs, and neither should you be overspending for systems and other products that will not be effective for your home.

Beware of these attempts to provide security products with poor quality or too many products that will not work in one home. If you want security, seek the right company that provides comprehensive solutions at fair prices.

CertFire leads the fire and security industry in western US. We have the license to operate in five states and are a premier leader in innovative solutions.

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